THE 11-MONTH-OLD baby who died following an incident in an apartment in Killarney has now been removed to hospital where a post-mortem will take place.
Gardaí were called to the scene in the Upper High St complex just before 6pm yesterday evening.
The baby boy is understood to have been found in the apartment by his mother after she returned from work.
He was treated by emergency services personnel but pronounced dead a short time later.
A man in his 30s who was with the baby was found with serious injuries and taken by ambulance to University Hospital Kerry in Tralee.
He remains at the hospital and is still receiving treatment.
Gardaí say they are still examining the scene and that the results of the post-mortem on the child will determine the next stage of the investigation.
The exact circumstances of the death are not yet known but gardaí are treating the case as suspicious.
At present, they are describing it as “sudden and unexplained”.
Any witnesses to the incident – and any person who was in the vicinity of Park Place Apartments between 1pm and 6pm yesterday evening – has been asked to come forward.
News of the tragic death has shocked the town of Killarney since emerging last night.
Local councillor Donal Grady said the boy’s mother, who is thought to be from Eastern Europe, was being looked after by close friends.
“We have had tragedies before but nothing like this, nothing like the death of an 11-month-old child,” he said.
Anyone with information can contact Killarney Garda Station on 064-6671160 or any other garda station.
With reporting from Rónán Duffy
First published: 4.30pm